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ISD Students Continue to Perform Well on State Assessments

Posted by L Michelle on September 19, 2018

Issaquah School District Students Continue to Perform Well on
State Assessments

Issaquah School District students continue to perform well on State Assessments, scoring well above the state average in all areas tested by the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAs).

Data recently released by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, (OSPI) indicates that in English Language Arts, the percentage of Issaquah School District students meeting the new standard ranged from 77.2% in fourth grade to a high of 88.6% in tenth grade. At the State level, the percentage of students meeting the standard in English Language Arts ranged from 55.5% in third grade to a high of 69.5% in grade ten.

In Math, the percentage of Issaquah School District students meeting the standard ranged from 66.4% in tenth grade to a high of 80.6% in third grade. At the State level, scores ranged from 40.6% meeting standard in tenth grade to 57.5% in third grade.

The Issaquah School District saw the most significant increase in scores in 2018 in third grade English Language Arts and third grade Math. A with State test scores, the Issaquah School District acknowledges that it has achievement gaps to address, particularly among special education students.

“I am pleased to see that our students continue to perform at very high levels,” said Superintendent Ron Thiele. “We recognize that we have achievement gaps, but I am thankful to our local voters and legislators for providing more resources to the ISD. This has allowed us to significantly increase our special education staffing as well as address opportunity gaps in all other areas.”

The drop in tenth grade math scores reflects an unfortunate error in administering the test at Issaquah High School. Some tenth grade students were not offered the Math SBA and their scores were marked as zeros. However, 96% of the tenth grade students who did take the Math SBA at Issaquah did meet standard on the test. More information about this is posted on the ISD Website.

In 2018, students in grades 3-8 and in grade 10 took the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.  Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 took the new Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science tests.  This is a change from previous years. Previously grade 11 was identified as the federal accountability testing grade in high school for ELA and Math.  These new online tests are based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), adopted by Washington State in 2013. Full results for the state and school district scores are available online on the OSPI website.     

Smarter Balanced Assessment Results-Percent of Students Meeting Standard Issaquah School District

ELA - % Proficient

Math - % Proficient

 

WCAS - % Proficient

Grade

2017

2018

Change

2017

2018

Change

2018

3

73.5%

77.4%

+3.9%

79.5%

80.6%

+1.1%

 

4

76.4%

77.2%

+.8%

76.9%

77.4%

+.5%

 

5

80.7%

80.2%

-.5%

76.8%

76.5%

-.3%

78.7%

6

75.5%

76.5%

+1.0%

73.6%

72.1%

-1.5%

 

7

80.8%

80.1%

-.7%

79.6%

77.4%

-2.2%

 

8

79.1%

79.8%

+.7%

76.9%

77.0%

+.1%

80.5%

10

n/a

88.6%

n/a

n/a

66.4%

n/a

 

11

91.3%

n/a

n/a

suppressed

n/a

n/a

24.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smarter Balanced Assessment Results-Percent of Students Meeting
Standard 
Washington State

ELA - % Proficient

Math - % Proficient

 

WCAS - % Proficient

Grade

2017

2018

Change

2017

2018

Change

2018

3

52.6%

55.5%

+2.9%

57.8%

57.5%

-.3%

 

4

55.2%

57.3%

+2.1%

54.3%

53.8%

-.5%

 

5

58.6%

59.2%

+.6%

48.6%

48.5%

-.1%

55.2%

6

55.5%

55.9%

+.4%

48.2%

48.2%

0.0%

 

7

60.1%

59.6%

+.5%

49.9%

49.0%

-.9%

 

8

58.5%

58.9%

+.4%

47.6%

47.5%

-.1%

52.9%

10

n/a

69.5%

n/a

n/a

40.6%

n/a

 

11

73.6%

n/a

n/a

25.9%

n/a

n/a

30.3%